3/31/2011

A new chapter.



Life is slowly getting back to normal, or should I say a new normality?
Things will never be the same, life changes and moves on and as with all crossroads there are possibilities and opportunities, a new chapter in all our lives.



I have found time again to paint and work on some commissions long overdue. This time for packaging and I have been enjoying working to season for once, spring flowers freshly picked are always inspiring. This time last year I was working on Christmas!

At the weekend I also found time to do more bookbinding and made two sewn books in the Japanese style using beautiful Japanese papers. The inner pages folded at the foredge and the spine stitched with silk. I learnt this method of making books with Kathy Abbott, designer bookbinder extraordinaire. Inspiration abounds

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful!

    I'm sooo looking forward to getting back into the studio, but there's no end in sight! Tax preparation, a huge snowstorm coming - yes, that's right - over a foot of snow expected! Its sweet to see your lovely spring flowers. No sign of them in my forest yet!

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  2. Valerie, creating a beautiful book at the beginning of a new chapter of life is very meaningful.

    As always, your painting's grace of design and choice of color is a delight to view.

    Best wishes to you. xo

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  3. very pretty! your woven pandan reed placemat really caught my eye. I used to sleep on that type of mat when I was a child. :)

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  4. Hello, my dear--My heart is with you, as you face this new future you speak of.

    ((hugs))

    I love your artwork--and that little book is so lovely. I would like to feature you in next week's FATuesday Artist Spotlight.

    Take care, my talented Friend!

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  5. Those flowers are exquisite Valerie. I hope you are getting great comfort from being able to get back to some form of normality.

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  6. Spring is almost here on Long Island. March is over and where is Spring. We are expecting a bit of smow tomorrow. Your delicate Spring drawings warm ny heart. Thanks Lori We needed those drawings today!

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  7. I love the way you have worked the spring flowers Valerie, they seem to leap from the paper on which they are painted.

    The Japanese paper cover is very pretty too. x

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  8. It's always so inspiring to start something new...spring is a good times for these endevours!

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  9. Those spring flowers are beautiful, they are exquisite. It's so heartening to see spring flowers - hopefully some better weather is on its way at last. Thanks for a lovely post.

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  10. Valerie, the booklet is so well-done. Definitely an art! And, of course, I love your flowers. I hear you about working to season. It's hard to get enthused about Christmas in the springtime, isn't it!
    Hugs, Diane

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  11. so you see in another way you are growing flowers for your father's garden. xx

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  12. Your little book is lovely as is the painting. Glad things are looking up. Spring is here.
    Kat

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  13. Thank you for the comment Valerie and for your grandfather's rhyme. I looked it up in my book of Yorkshire rhymes and in full it is:-

    Here's to you as good as you are,
    Here's to me as bad as I am,
    As bad as I am and as good as you are,
    I'm as good as you, as bad as I am.

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  14. I'm just catching up with my blog reading and was so sorry to hear of your father passing away.
    Your painting of spring flowers is beautiful.
    M x

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  15. So good to read that you are enjoying a seasonal painting spell! Your book looks exquisite. May its pages lead you along beautiful paths!

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  16. such lovely spring flowers... and a sweet little book~

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  17. Gorgeous flowers and the book is fab. I have done Japanese binding on a much bigger/harder book, but that's exquisite.

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  18. I love your fresh, springy flowers!

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  19. Why is your paper always so spotless and perfectly white while mine has smudges and kitty prints traipsing across it's surface??!!
    I guess I am too careless.
    I meant to comment a few posts back about your fathers garden, which he obviously loved. I hope it will be well loved and cared for by it's new keepers. Bless you!

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  20. Lovely goodies you have received Valerie. There are so many bad things happening that sometimes we feel overwhelmed but it is important to balance them with the wonderful things that happen in our day to day lives.

    Your illustration of spring flowers is beautiful. I noticed that the first bluebells are just starting to emerge. I cannot wait for them. My favourite flower and favourite season. Have a good week.

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  21. Val,‬ This is very belated as I've been so wrapped up in my own life. Just to wish you all good things for the future and to say you're so amazingly creative. I lost my Dad late last year - for us the tragedy was the illness not the passing.

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  22. Hello Valerie! It is the oddest thing--I just didn't put it together that you are also Acornmoon!

    I have been a fan of yours for so long. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

    I have featured your blog and artwork on FATuesday Artist Spotlight.

    Blessings to you, dear Valerie.

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  23. Oh! I have to say--I LOVE your little books! I make little books my self--but had never seen this technique before...your sample hand-made book is beautiful.

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  24. You meticulous water colour painting is beautiful.

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  25. Valerie, your flowers absolutely dance!!! Thanks for posting your beautiful work. I love the dainty book as well. I hope your new chapter brings you joy and peace!
    xo,
    Heather

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  26. Just beautiful Valerie.
    It was so good to see you featured on FATuesday Artists spotlight.. I have admired your work for some time.
    Blessings,
    Penny

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  27. What a wonderful little book you created...beautiful!

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  28. A visit to your blog is so long overdue Valerie. Life slowly moves on. It's good you can lose yourself in your painting, if only for a short while. The Japanese binding has such great meaning with regards to recent events. x

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  29. Your work is so pretty and delicate. Creativity really does nourish the soul.

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